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coracoclavicular ligament


Definition: the strong compound ligament that unites the clavicle to the coracoid process; it is subdivided into the conoid ligamentum and the trapezoid ligamentum. The free upper limb is passively suspended from the clavicular “strut” by the coracoclavicular ligament; the ligament also plays an important role in preventing dislocation of the acromioclavicular joint.

Synonym(s): ligamentum coracoclaviculareTA, Caldani ligament

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